CLASHES IN BEIRUT– Hezbollah Declares Lebanese Army an Enemy!

UPDATE: Hezbollah sends armed gunmen out on the streets!
More images of the Hezbollah gunmen HERE.

There were also reports that Hizbullah was massing gunmen in downtown Beirut.

Hezbollah Terrorizes Beirut–
Heavy Gunfire and use of Rocket Propelled Grenades Reported!

** Hezbollah declares the Lebanese Army an enemy!

** Hezbollah promises to open the gates of hell on the government!

Ya Libnan posted video from the Hezbollah riots:

Beirut to the Beltway reported that hooligans on motorcycles are touring Beirut neighborhoods, throwing insults and beating residents. Clashes between Hizbullah/Amal and March 14 supporters erupted in several mixed neighborhoods in the city.

Lebanese soldiers stand by burning tires during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 7, 2008. Hezbollah-led opposition protesters blocked streets in central Beirut and on the road to the international airport Wednesday to enforce an anti-government labor strike that has turned into a showdown between the militant group and Western-backed Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah is scheduled to hold a press conference from his hideout underground tomorrow.

Hezbollah thugs clashed with government supporters and blocked streets in Beirut this morning.
FOX News reported:

Protesters from the Hezbollah-led opposition clashed with supporters of Lebanon’s U.S.-backed government Wednesday as a strike by the Shiite militant group paralyzed large parts of the capital Beirut.

The violence deepened tensions in a country already mired in a 17-month-old political crisis pitting the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah against the government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. The troubles have left the country without a president since November.

The strike was called by labor unions after they rejected a last-minute pay raise offer by the government as insufficient. But instead it turned into a showdown between Hezbollah and the government.

The clashes began when government and opposition supporters in a Muslim sector of Beirut exchanged insults and began throwing stones at each other. Witnesses said security forces intervened and gunshots were heard, apparently troops firing in the air to disperse the crowds.

A cameraman for Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television station was hit by a stone in the forehead, the state-run National News Agency reported. A soldier also was hit in the mouth by a stone.

Earlier in the same area, a stun grenade thrown into a crowd lightly injured three protesters and two soldiers, the agency said. It was not immediately clear who threw the stun grenade.

Yesterday, Lebanon’s government declared an extensive telecommunications network run by Hezbollah illegal and closed down the system.
Today Hezbollah retaliated.

Lebanese soldiers guard a closed-off street in front of burning tyres during a general strike in Beirut. Protesters blocked roads with blazing tyres in the Lebanese capital and disrupted air traffic during a general strike that escalated into a confrontation between rival political camps. (AFP/Joseph Barrak)

A Hezbollah sonic bomb injured 5 people including 2 soldiers.

Hezbollah supporters empty sand and stones from a truck to block a main road in a Beirut suburb May 7, 2008. Supporters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah-led opposition blocked main roads in Beirut with burning barricades on Wednesday, paralysing the capital in a long-running political standoff with the U.S.-backed government. (REUTERS/ Ezzat Attar)

Blacksmiths of Lebanon has photos of Hezbollah’s thuggery… More rumors here.

Beirut Spring asks, “Which part of “peaceful demonstration” don’t they understand?”

Noah Pollak has more on the latest developments, via Instapundit.

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